Central Florida Screens is your connection to call for pool enclosures, screen porches, screen rooms, carports, and frameless shower doors and shower enclosures. We are a family and veteran owned business and have been in business since 1976.  Even though we are primarily known for screened in porches and pools, we also do carports. We thought we’d concentrate on carports this week, since we believe that anyone without a garage needs one, and even people with a garage can benefit if they have extra vehicles. To learn the top four reasons you should have a carport, keep reading.

The Sun!

The sun causes damage to materials on both the interior and exterior of your vehicle.  The front and rear windows of your car block both UVA and UVB rays, but the side windows block only UVB rays. While UVA and UVB radiation is responsible for much of the fading that is blamed on the sun, the heat of the sun and the visible parts of the spectrum are also partly to blame. This means that the solar coating on windows of your car can protect against only some of the fading.

Keeping your car out of the sun while is it parked at home is a great way of maintaining the quality of the colors and materials on the interior of your car, such as the dashboard and the upholstery, and the exterior paint job. Parking your car under a carport can be a great way to preserve your car. A carport can stop up to 97 percent of UV rays, and thus, the damage that UV wreaks.

In the summer months, the heat of the sun can make getting into your car nearly intolerable. Parking your car under a carport can make a huge difference to the interior temperature of your car or truck. As reported on azcentral.com,  one study, completed in Phoenix, found that parking in the shade could lower the temperature of the car by a significant difference. The cars in the sun averaged a blazing 192 degrees, while the car in the shade topped out at 162. That may seem like “six of one half a dozen of the other” situation, but that’s Phoenix, if you take the same difference in the much more mild climate of Florida, the difference can be one between pain and comfort.

An additional bonus that everyone benefits from is that a patch of shade in an otherwise paved area can reduce the urban heat effect. The surrounding area is made cooler by the shade produced by a carport.

Rain and Hail

While rain won’t harm your car or truck, it can be a nice perk to park under a carport when rain is pouring down. A carport gives you respite from the rain while you are buckling your kids into the car or gathering groceries to carry into the house. It doesn’t often hail in central Florida, But it only takes one hail storm to devastate your car. A carport can protect your car from hail, so you don’t have to worry when you see dark clouds forming.

Increased Home Value

Having a carport will add value to your home. It’s a great perk that can tilt a buyer in your direction when your home is on the market. Adding a carport is a relatively inexpensive way of adding value to your home.

Protect Extra Vehicles

Whether it is a vintage car you love to tinker on, a boat, or a motorcycle, a carport can protect your extra vehicle from damage from the sun and weather events.

For more information, and an estimate, call today!